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This video page features six videos from the 'Sacred Calenders' series. Informative, inspiring and enlightening viewing, perfect for this time of the year. (Click the little symbol in the bottom right hand corner of the video to view them in full screen mode).
'Advent' with Alison Milbank
Dr Alison Milbank discusses the period running up to Christmas - known to Christians as 'Advent' - and what this time means to them, and how it is celebrated.
Objects of Belief:
The Christmas Crib
The crib is a familiar scene at Christmas time - seen as a set to statues, as an image of Christmas Cards, and acted out in Nativity Plays. However, looking at how the scene was built up over centuries shows how theology interacts with history.
Dr Karen Kilby, a leading Christian theologian, looks at the mystery of the incarnation: the birth of Jesus. This is the event that Christians recall each year when they celebrate Christmas.
The Icon of Christmas
For western Christians the nativity scene, well known from Nativity Plays, conveys a theology of Christmas. Among Eastern Christians a different image - the Icon of the Nativity - is used; and it provides a different theology of the birth of Jesus.
Christmas in Orthodoxy
Dr Mary Cunningham, an expert on Orthodox Christianity, discusses the significance of Christmas, how Orthodox believers prepare for it, and how they celebrate it.
Epiphany by Mary Cunningham
This feast falls on 'the twelfth day of Christmas' (January 6) and celebrates the visit of the 'wise men' to Bethlehem for Western Christians; in the east it is called the 'theophany' and celebrated God becoming manifest to believers in Jesus.